Our mentality has to be firm
Pep Guardiola brings his Manchester City team to Turf Moor for what will be his sixth league visit since replacing Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad Stadium.
He is facing a packed April in terms of the number of fixtures but he said of that: “It’s not the first time we face it, we’ve done incredibly well so far, we face that because we are in all competitions. Now it’s game by game and next it’s Burnley away which is always tough especially the way they play.
“I remember how difficult it is to go there and we will try to go again. We can make a mistake and still win the title, nobody knows. We will fight until the end, that’s for sure.”
Dyche knows how difficult a game it is for us tomorrow. “It’s a big challenge against City and the superpowers as I call them,” he said. They’re a fine side, without a doubt, technical prowess, technical understanding, place and all the rest of it, but we’ve beaten these sides in the past. You’ve got to try and get points from everywhere.” Looking back to last season, he added: “We went to Liverpool and won when no one fancied us, we beat Arsenal at their place, we’ve beaten City in the past too, so it’s achievable but it’s tougher than the rest.
“Our mentality has to be firm, we have to go into the game believing in what we do, and we have to embrace the challenge then get ready for the next one after that. It’s very difficult, and don’t get me wrong, I don’t think our season is going to be made on this game, but it’s helpful if you can get a result of some kind.”
Dyche continued: “As a collective, we’ve got to make sure that we’re right for each game. Each game has its focus and we’re certainly focusing on Manchester City. You don’t go into any game wanting to draw or lose, you’re going into it to win. Our mentality is to set up a team that can win the game. The Premier League is unforgivable, it doesn’t give you a breather, so win or lose, we have to keep being relentless.
“Performances are key. We’ve got to come out of a long break and make sure that the players are performing. That’s going to give us strength ahead of the remaining games, but we’ll take on the challenge of City. That’s what you’ve got to do with these games.
“We have to keep fighting, we have to keep working and we have to keep playing hard against whoever is in front of us. We’ve talked about it all season and the players know it anyway.”
He concluded: “There’s a good feel about the camp generally, and we’ve insisted upon that. It’s an important part of the culture which we’ve used to achieve things here over the years. They know what’s at stake and what’s in front of them, but there’s always a good energy about the group and that’s important to us.”Share this page :